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Tip Sheet for the week of April 21, 2008

RELEASED: April 21, 2008

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire will be the pilot site for a series of surveys designed by the Minnesota Institute of Public Health to assess the culture of drinking at universities around the country. "Positive Response" surveys will be sent to faculty, students, area liquor outlets and community members. Surveys will focus on the perceptions and norms of alcohol use and abuse by university students. In addition to surveys, MIPH also will assess university policies regarding alcohol use on campus and will look at the data relating to on- and off-campus crimes and policy violations related to alcohol use and abuse. For details, contact Jennifer Lee, CASE project director, at 715-836-5111 or leejs@uwec.edu.

Story/Photo Idea
The Alumni Association — with help from faculty and students — will host an Eco Tour Saturday, April 26, to educate people about the natural venues near campus. The tour will include a nature walk through Putnam Park, led by biologist Dr. Paula Kleintjes Neff. She will talk about the ecology and natural history of the park, and point out migratory birds and spring flowers. Following the hike, the group will bike to Phoenix Park to participate in citywide Earth Day events. Next, the group will bike to Carson Park, where they will canoe on Half Moon Lake and learn about the area's water ecosystems and conservation efforts from Dr. Harry Jol and Dr. Douglas Faulkner, professors of geography and anthropology at UW-Eau Claire. For more information or a schedule of Eco Tour events, contact Alumni Director John Bachmeier at 715-836-5189 or bachmejg@uwec.edu.

Story/Photo Idea
Dana Priest, an investigative reporter who broke the Walter Reed Army Medical Center outpatient care scandal for The Washington Post, will be the featured speaker at the Ann Devroy Memorial Forum Thursday, April 24. The forum is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. The title of Priest's presentation is "Secrecy and the Media: A View From the Trenches." A veteran reporter who has served 21 years at The Washington Post, Priest recently won her second Pulitzer Prize. The Ann Devroy Memorial Forum and the Devroy Memorial Fund recognize the outstanding journalistic work of 1970 UW-Eau Claire graduate Ann Devroy, who died in 1997. Devroy, a Green Bay native, was a White House correspondent for more than 15 years. Priest will meet with journalism students during the day on Thursday. For a schedule of her activities, contact David Baker, interim chair of the department of communication and journalism, at 715-836-4431 or bakerda@uwec.edu.

Visiting Expert
Dr. B. Alan Wallace will present "The Conscious Universe: Where Buddhism and Physics Converge" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in Schofield Auditorium. He will discuss what is known about consciousness and how those ideas fit with Buddhist teachings. Wallace is president and founder of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies. He is a frequent translator for and collaborator with the Dalai Lama. The presentation is sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Dialogue on Science and Religion, which was established by faculty and community members to help people better understand issues relating to science and religion. The initiative encourages organized discussions, brings science and religion experts to campus, and guides high school science teachers in addressing questions that touch on religion. For details, contact Dr. Charlene Burns, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies and CVDSR program coordinator, at cvdsr@uwec.edu or 715-836-2545.

Story/Photo Idea
The 19th annual Hmong Community Fellowship Banquet, "New Directions: Forging and Building Bridges," will run from 5:30-8 p.m. April 23 in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center . For details, contact Ying Xiong at 715-832-8420 or yingxng@yahoo.com.

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